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Penina Rybak

The Gamification of the MBA: Implications for an Entrepreneur's Education

Penina Rybak | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Penina Rybak

There is both an art and science to technology; something Steve Jobs understood well and instilled in all the Apple products created in his lifetime. There is also both an art and science to entrepreneurship, something to keep in mind as we begin the new year.

A Letter on the Power of Positivity by a Woman Entrepreneur

Penina Rybak | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

Welcome to the 2014 holiday season! It is a time of constructive chaos and introspection, where one's inner voice asks more of you, and becomes louder overall.

What's the Forecast for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015?

Penina Rybak | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

This past year has been a banner year for bootstrapping women in entrepreneurship. We have stormed the proverbial glass ceiling, and written about it all over the exponentially growing blogosphere.

The Disruption of Leadership: Implications for Female Entrepreneurship

Penina Rybak | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Penina Rybak

Women entrepreneurs are biologically hardwired to harness time, and tend to care about the communal impact they have on others. That's why we choose our tools wisely, such as the use of social media, which has already changed the world.

Long Live the Live Event! An Entrepreneur's Playground

Penina Rybak | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"Social Media enables different people from different lifestyles to share in one voice....Social Media has been a platform to connect with encouraging...

United We Stand: A Message for Today's Female Entrepreneur

Penina Rybak | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

I believe that women are hardwired to see teamwork as byproduct of change. I also believe that women make a real effort to present their authentic selves when trying to balance work/life, humanity/technology, and Me/We.

Feeding the Beast: How to Be a More Creative Entrepreneur

Penina Rybak | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"This is the perfect moment in history to live with imperfection, to embrace variety and leave conformity on the assembly lines." -- Anna Quindlen, B...

Which Soft Skills Does An Entrepreneur Need?

Penina Rybak | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

We don't live in the uni-dimensional, dystopian society like the one in Divergent, by Veronica Roth. We can implement change, starting with changes in our own Theory of Mind and actions.

Creating a Digital Avatar with Heart: Rules of Engagement

Penina Rybak | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

Entrepreneurship today is rife with opportunities to create, communicate, and collaborate with people in different industries and venues. Thanks to social technology, ecosystems are being defined and refined on an almost daily basis.

What's Your Memorable Contribution?

Penina Rybak | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"I've tried to give back to this country that has given me so much." -- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States "When diverse people contrib...

More Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs? What a Wonderful World It Would Be!

Penina Rybak | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"Women in business supporting other women, who support men, who support their fellow women... what a wonderful world it will be!" -- Betsy Myers, Spea...

Old Journey, New Frontier: An Entrepreneur's Integrity

Penina Rybak | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

It is important for women entrepreneurs in particular to be mindful of their integrity currency when carving a space for themselves online. Why? Because the reality is that a female entrepreneur is an ambassador and example for the collective, more so than her male counterpart.

The Pitfalls of Perfectionism in Entrepreneurship

Penina Rybak | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

Perfectionism actually impedes creativity and innovation, yet paradoxically, seems to thrive in today's workplace, especially in entrepreneurship. For some reason this behavioral trait is often perceived as a figurative olympic medal.

The Three E's of the Technology Revolution: Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, and Education

Penina Rybak | Posted 06.03.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

I spent a year on the ground in Ghana to better understand how entrepreneurship is a pathway out of poverty. We can help strengthen women business own...

Problem Solvers Rock In This New Entrepreneur Era

Marty Zwilling | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
Marty Zwilling

The real question is whether problem solving is a skill you have to be born with, or is there any hope for the rest of us to become successful entrepreneurs. After some review of available resources, I'm convinced that problem solving is a learnable trait, rather than just a birthright.

Lessons from Divergent Using Divergent Thinking in Entrepreneurship

Penina Rybak | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

Women in entrepreneurship today are a different breed, especially those who are founders trying to bootstrap and balance humanity and technology in today's startup culture.

Success and Failure in Entrepreneurship, Part 2: The 'Glass Half Full' Outlook

Penina Rybak | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

Right after graduate school, I joined the ranks of professional folks who "think different": about education, about technology, and recently, about entrepreneurship -- and I've never looked back.

Success & Failure for Entrepreneurs, Part 1: The "Glass Half Empty" Fear

Penina Rybak | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

We are raising a generation of scared perfectionists by not teaching children to take risks.

Entrepreneurship Through the Western Looking Glass

Penina Rybak | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

I've realized that this is one of the most profound examples of the importance of the proverbial traveler's journey.

The NICE Initiative Ten Takeaways for Female Entrepreneurs, Part 2

Penina Rybak | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"I believe your worst weakness can become your greatest single strength." -- Barbara Corcoran "Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is...

The NICE Initiative 10 Takeaways for Female Entrepreneurs, Part 1

Penina Rybak | Posted 04.19.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"I like to help women help themselves." -- Louisa May Alcott "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -- Aristot...

Myths vs. Facts: Playing the True or False Game in Entrepreneurship, Part 2

Penina Rybak | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

It is your hard work to learn skills and earn customer respect and loyalty by demonstrating the pursuit of purpose (not just profit) that make you a bona fide entrepreneur.

Lessons in Mentorship From an Entrepreneur Who Watched the Super Bowl For Its Ads -- Until Now

Penina Rybak | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"I have to juggle multiple hats. I have to be a creative sounding board, putting the right combination of technology, vendors, directors, post houses ...

"Cleaning House" For Startup Entrepreneurship: Outdated Mindsets To Toss in 2014

Penina Rybak | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

It's time to clean house within ourselves and toss out outdated, stagnant thinking.

I Pledge Allegiance to Better Balance Humanity and Technology in My Pursuit of Entrepreneurship... And Change Lives for the Better

Penina Rybak | Posted 03.10.2014 | Technology
Penina Rybak

The truth is that we all need technology. We need it to launch the "third industrial revolution," especially in this day and age of digital learning and self-education about digital citizenship. But we need to balance our humanity with that technology even more.